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New community coming to Americus

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –There's a new community in Americus that promises its residents comfort and convenience. Zion City will feature dozens of homes, plus retail stores and other amenities.

Sheldon Hoyt and his wife Latoya stood out in the cold for nearly an hour, in celebration of a new development coming to Sumter County.

"We are looking forward to having our own home so we basically just asked the pastor for an application," said Sheldon Hoyt.

An application to live in Zion City located right off Highway 19 south that will not only have affordable houses, but almost everything needed to get by.

"It will have a church, a 24 hour day care facility, senior citizen center, a health wellness center other programs that will also be housed in this center there is also around 50,000 square foot of commercial and retail space," said Pastor George Monts.

What started off as a vision years ago, came to life this morning as folks got together to celebrate the groundbreaking.

Officials with the USDA presented a $294,000 dollar check to help purchase 49 acres of land but the crowd erupted in cheers after everyone learned another grant had been awarded.

"Our developer didn't tell us we had gotten this half million dollar grant so this is one exciting day for us," said Monts.

The 500,000 dollars will help with down payments on homes.

"It's for people who would normally not be able to afford home ownership but because of the federal home loan grant down payments will be available," said US Congressman Sanford Bishop.

But the development will not only provide people with a place to live but also a place to work.

"The commercial center will also have a daycare center and that will create 30 to 40 jobs," said CEO Booker T. Jones.

After the shopping complex is completed officials say the project will create 20 additional jobs.

The first phase is 21 single family houses. Board members say the goal is to start building March 1st.

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